Tilapia and Dandelion Greens on Pita

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tilapia and dandelion greens on pita

Usually, my go-to recipe for tilapia has been Broiled Tilapia Parmesan – it’s so amazing, please do yourself a favor and try it!

But since my yard is now covered in dandelions, I wanted to see if I could somehow incorporate the greens with my favorite fish. The only recipe I found was one for fish tacos; and although I’m not vehemently opposed to fish tacos, I just wasn’t feeling them for dinner that night. Plus, I didn’t have any tortillas, so tacos were just not happening.

tilapia and dandelion greens on pita

I did, however, have pita bread (like every good Arab wife ;)) so I decided I’d go ahead and attempt this recipe and see how far I got. I made a few changes and omissions based on our tastes and what I had on hand, and it turned out pretty yummy! We also made Mashed Potatoes with Dandelion Greens and Carmelized Onions that night, so check out that recipe as well!

I washed and chopped the greens, then boiled them until tender. Then I sautéed onions and garlic and added the greens, sprinkled some crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper, and let it all simmer while I cooked the fish.

The fish was pan-fried in a skillet with lemon, then broken apart into smaller pieces.

tilapia and dandelion greens on pita

Then I just spooned the tilapia and greens into separate bowls, and drizzled the fish juices onto the greens.

tilapia and dandelion greens on pita

I laid half a pita on the plate, and layered it with the greens, followed by the tilapia…

tilapia and dandelion greens on pita

…and ate it sort of like a pizza :)

tilapia and dandelion greens on pita

tilapia and dandelion greens on pita

And there you have it! My take on tilapia with dandelion greens, although I still want to try the fish tacos one time too! Enjoy!

This recipe was part of a series on cooking with dandelions, view other recipes in this series here: Dandelions: Friend or Foe (With Recipes!)

This recipe was loosely adapted from here.

Tilapia and Dandelion Greens on Pita
Author: Sarah @ Nature’s Nurture
Serves: 2
Whole wheat pita bread is spread with sautéed dandelion greens and topped with lemony tilapia filets.
  • 1 bunch dandelion greens,
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 whole wheat pita
  • salt and pepper
  • crushed red pepper
  • dried basil
  1. Bring medium pot of salted water to boil. Cut dandelion greens into 2-inch sections, and wash thoroughly.
  2. Place washed, cut-up greens into boiling water and cook until leaves are tender, about 10 minutes on medium heat. Remove from heat, drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
  3. Heat ¼ cup oil in skillet on low. Add onion and garlic and sauté on medium-low heat to desired level of brownness. Add drained dandelion greens and a dash of crushed red pepper, to taste. Stir everything together and let simmer.
  4. Heat ¼ cup oil in wide, shallow pan on medium heat. Add tilapia fillets.
  5. Squeeze half the lemon over fish. Flip fillets after about 5 minutes, and squeeze other lemon half over fish.
  6. When fish is cooked through, use spatula to cut fillets into small, square-ish pieces. Add sea salt and pepper. Sautee about another five minutes.
  7. Cut pita in half and lay on plate. Layer with half the greens mixture and top with tilapia.

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Sarah UmmYusuf is a former school teacher turned stay-at-home wife and mama with a passion for all things simple, natural, and homemade. She loves the natural world, and believes the solutions to many of the world’s ailments lie in nature. Her blog, , began as a way to document her family’s journey to a greener home, but has since become a thriving community and resource for those wishing to take small steps towards a more eco-friendly, natural and sustainable lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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